In this interview with GameCareerGuide, Valve’s Gabe Newell said it was fun meeting Shigeru Miyamoto, but he wasn’t the first big-name developer to give him the shakes.
“Meeting Mr Miyamoto was very cool, but the first time I was star-struck was when I realized the person who was asking such thoughtful questions during my Half-Life presentation was Warren Spector,” he said.
Newell went on to say that Valve’s selection process for employees is largely based on three questions.
“I don’t want a protégé — I want a colleague,” he said. “There are three questions we ask ourselves when making hiring decisions that are relevant to this.
1) Would I work for this candidate?
2) What would I learn from this candidate?
3) How would I feel if this person went to work at a competitor?
“These questions are actually more invariant with respect to experience than you would think, and are often very clarifying.”
More through there.